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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 9, 2010 6:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Death of 'Net Neutrality' .... Say Goodbye to BitTorrent

It's not the evil corporations .
It's not the grasping government .
It's the uniting of these two forces into a mercantile - capitalist economic system . Big business has made it's deals with an increasingly powerful and capricious federal government . Laws have been written to continue to prop up quasi federal institutions that would otherwise fail in a true capitalist system . General Motors ( how's that Volt selling ? ) and Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac are prime examples . Bad decisions by 'corporations' that ought to have led to bankruptcy , instead are propped up by taxpayers dollars . A smaller private company does not have this Huge backstop to rely on . Their margins for success become much thinner .
More and more it's Main St. vs. Wall St. + Washington . And Main St. doesn't have the firepower . That's why there is no recovery . July's numbers reflect that . Small businesses form the backbone of our economy . Everywhere you look in history , when this mercantile - capitalist system is instituted it leads to slow or no economic growth , the limiting of economic and political choice , and ( at times ) government oppression . It's never good for the smaller guy .

The Blue team is using the whole playground now , looks like the red team will take over some of it . Maybe just the monkey bars .
I do not look at a left / right political spectrum , but and anarchy / totalitarian one . We have been lurching towards that totalitarian side for many years ( anyone hear of the 10th amendment ? ). The colors of the team on the playground hardly matter at this time in our history .
Sadly , the house these fools will rule is now made entirely out of debt . The moving glaciers of debt may actually help in restoring our constitutional republic . Those forces , capricious and inflexible as they are , may restore some fiscal and political discipline for nothing else other then survival .

I wonder who will play the role of Charles Alexandre de Calonne , and do as he did on August 20 ,1786 . He went to Versailles that day to tell King Louis XVI that there was no money left in the treasury , and they could not longer obtain credit . It's enough to ruin your whole day .

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 9, 2010 7:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Death of 'Net Neutrality' .... Say Goodbye to BitTorrent

An insight from my kid, Micah, while on the streets of Kathmandu, with little mom-and-pop hole-in-the-wall shops everywhere and people selling things from sidewalks and bicycles and, frankly, doing more or less whatever they choose with their houses, cars, etc: "This makes me think America is actually kind of totalitarian."

Not that I'd posit third world anarchy as a desirable alternative, LOL. Still ... small businesses? In the US? Not a whole lot anymore, really. To see the entrepreneurial spirit that used to exist, I'm afraid it's best to look elsewhere ...

OK, it's early morning here, the rooster is crowing, and it's getting close to breakfast and the start of our school day. Math doesn't change with the time zone! Enjoy your evening :-)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 9, 2010 7:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Death of 'Net Neutrality' .... Say Goodbye to BitTorrent

Companies with under 50 employees are where 80% of Americans work . Just thinking of my close family , 8 out of 15 are entrepreneurs . A health inspector tried to shut down a lemonade stand ,

http://www.nolanchart.com/article7917.html

make that two,

http://www.theprovince.com/Bylaw+officers+shut+down+lemonade+stand/3373856/story.html

And NYC is telling some of the best chefs in the world how to cook ( That's too much salt , Chef )

Hello people . It's the Liberty , stupid .

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 9, 2010 8:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Death of 'Net Neutrality' .... Say Goodbye to BitTorrent

People here are amazed to hear that my son never once walked to a store in the US for, like, milk and eggs. Why? Because there aren't any stores you can walk to. Why aren't there any stores you can walk to? Cuz you can't just open a store because you want to open a store. Zoning, insurance, huge chains dominating everything ...

Seems to me a lot of "small businesses" in the US are really people buying franchises, or are businesses which are pretty darned large enterprises, if you look at it historically. (49 employees is not exactly a mom-and-pop shop. That's a very challenging operation, probably a multi-million dollar one -- though yes, in the US it counts as "small" in comparison to the landscape-eating mega-giants.)

Well, rant rant ... I'm not anti-regulation or even anti-corporate, but I do wish there was a better balance and more, well, real freedom.

We're boycotting the KFC and Pizza Hut here :-)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 9, 2010 8:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Death of 'Net Neutrality' .... Say Goodbye to BitTorrent

One thing I wish there was more of is street food , as in so many parts of the world . It's a small little wish .
Your son and mine sound like they would get on well .
Have a good day AR .

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Poster: ChefChappy Date: Aug 9, 2010 8:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Death of 'Net Neutrality' .... Say Goodbye to BitTorrent

One of the big problems is that Americans don't want to shop at Mom and Pop places anymore. We want consistency in our products and restaurants. I owned a small restaurant for 18 yrs before a competing chain opened up 1 mile away. My everday regular customers flocked to this chain to pay higher prices for inferior food. My business dropped 50% in 6 months. These people chose not to support a mom and pop locally owned business anymore.

The entrepeneurial spirit is alive in America but it is not alive in the consumer. I for one do not ever shop at the Walmarts of the world or eat at chain restaurants like Chili's but I am in the minority. This is where we need to make our stand. Seek out the local restaurant or local electronic store. hire the local extermenator, shop at farmers markets. How many of you can actually say you do this?

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 9, 2010 8:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Death of 'Net Neutrality' .... Say Goodbye to BitTorrent

That is something I agree with you on CC , but I haven't been able to put into a coherent argument . I do not want to become viciously misanthropic regarding the tastes and choices of my fellow citizens .
I will share this , my family ( mostly my younger brother and mother ) run a small organic farm in the central CT river valley . Wellstone Farm if you want to stop by ( My Dad wanted Wellstoned Farm , but he died so he can't vote ) . We have gone from 15 shares ( $ 500 / yr for eggs & produce April -> Dec. ) three years ago , to 30 shares this year ( $750 a pop ). Livestock , cows & pigs are off property in a more co-op arrangement . The farmers market in town is small , but growing . ( As an aside , when I make deliveries to St. Vincent de Paul I see more and more families , not just the usual suspects . )
Bottom line . I believe , I have too , that resistance to this homogenization we are being coerced to undergo will fail .

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Poster: ChefChappy Date: Aug 10, 2010 5:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Death of 'Net Neutrality' .... Say Goodbye to BitTorrent

And we may have the state of the current economy to thank for helping this fail. Many consumers are looking for ways to cut costs and farmers markets and local businesses are starting to benefit from this new locavore movement. I sold my restaurant but still consult at times. They are reporting an increase in business during the past 2 years.

I am also a member of a similiar co=operative farm and have helped recruit friends and neighbors who couldn't be happier. I will pass on the name of the farm to my sister who lives in Fairfield Ct.

There is hope!!!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 10, 2010 8:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Death of 'Net Neutrality' .... Say Goodbye to BitTorrent

Outside of picking berries , the waiting list is long . We pick produce n' eggs for Friday p/up . That is a drive from Fairfield ( well in CT terms ). I don't know if we could go beyond 40 shares . Farming already consumes our family for 5 months a year . It's hard work ( duh ).

There is always hope CC . There better be ;)